This month I am focusing on a class I took with Patty Gray. I really enjoyed the class and one of my favor fused glass techniques she taught us is what I like to refer to as windows. When my son was around 16 he was in an AP art class and one of my favorite drawings he made was a drawing of windows. Here is a quick snapshot of it. The detail and beauty of what he drew is mesmerizing to me. This is kind of a shout out to my son (David Hale) because his birthday is today (Saturday) he is 31. It’s shocking to me how the time flies. I remember when he was just a little boy. It’s funny how you never stop seeing your children as the younger versions of themselves. Happy Birthday my handsome talented son!
I guess I’ll finish my blog now before I start really getting sentimental.
Anyway, as soon as patty showed us this technique I knew I had to do it. So this one is my original (above) and I like it very much. Except I used a lot of vitrigraph but since I don’t have a vitrigraph kiln I didn’t include any vitrigraph in my new ones.
I like this fused glass technique so much I made two. The first one (rectangle) is going to be a mantel sconce just like the original one. Again every time I look at it I think of David’s picture and him. When it came out of the kiln they all had some spikes, so I needed to do some cold working. I used my grinder and my wetbelt sander. After cold working it needs to be fire polished and obviously I’ll need to slump it over the mold to make it curve. I put them in the kiln I wanted to add some texture to the back of them and to smooth the edges (fire polish).
What I did differently that I like: To the rectangled one I put iridized on the back and it’s so pretty (the texture will make it even better). I really love the iridized. I also added copper wire. I didn’t have vitrigraph so I added some of the murrine I made in class. I also made a round one which I think lends to the concept of a window.
What I did differently that I probably wouldn’t do again. I liked how I put copper all around of the pieces in the original. Other than that I liked what I did with my new ones.
I hope ya’ll like this fused glass technique as much as I do!
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Keeping my Kiln warm,